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Abraham Lincoln's 
Executive Routine 

1862 Elections 

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Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection 

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Tl),e Gruud I'roBldouiiul Parly: 

THE (lAYKTIEH OK Tllli; Ulil'lIALlCAN CUUfil — iHK |i 

Af ASiiiNOTON, Fob. Tl, 18l'i2. 
Tho i':wliibiLlon of tho KtH)iiblioim ooiul of 
Anierioii at the Whito lloiisu ihi;i oveuiug was 
a truly brilliant arruy of fuahioii, beauty and 
HiaDliiieHa. It was not a soiree daiisaiilf . as 
the would bo knowing oucs bavo stylod it. Tho 
parluru aud tbo EanL room wero ouuiloriiibly 
crowded, fciucii a display ol eieganco and iiiHto 
Kad lovoliuess has perhaps iiev.'r before luion 
witnes.ied within tbo vvall.i of tho Wbito llonso. 
The giiet-ts began to arrive about niuo o'clcick, 
tho huiir naiuod in tbo car(bs of invitation. Di- 
reotly tho carrltigo ivay \\m lluod with iho 
equipages of Ministers and Guuerala au;l citi- 
zeus, and & coustaut slroam poured into tho 
dresBiug looma, and from them iato tbo Jiast 

Soon after tiiao o'clock Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln 
took their position noar ibo cenlic of the l^ast 
Room, and began to recwivcthe congratulniioDS 
of their gU06l8. Tho I'ruRident wore a bland 
and pleased exprosbion. lie groi'ted the piiosts 
with courteous warmth, and chatted familiarly 
with many whom he recigul/ud es old fi lends, 
llo was attired in a plain of black. Mrs. 
Lincoln received the company with gracot'ul 
courtesy. She was drcEsed in a raagnihcent 
whitfl satin robe, with a black flounco half a 
yard wide, looped with black and wbito b' ws, 
a, low corsage trimja'-'d with black laco, and a 
bouq[uet of capo mynlo o^ hor bosom, llor 
headdress was a wreath of black aud whitJ t!ow- 
ers, with a bunch of oapo myrtle on the right 
side. Tho only ornaments were a necklaco, 
earrluga, brooch aud bracoletb, of pearl The 
dress was f,implo and elegant. The half mourn- 
ing style wao assumed in respect to Queen Vic- 
toria, whose eldest eon had so lately hcou a 
guest at the Presidential mansion, and whose 
representative was one of tho moat distinguioiacd 
among the guests on this cccaiion. 

r'ow, if any, of the diplomatic corps were ab- 
sent. Fromia^at among those present were the 
Right Hon. Lord Lyons, Mr. Hi'nry Mcrcior, 
Edward De Stoecki, Mr. Kocat Vou Lunburg, 
Senor Ikiaesara, Count Piper, Mr liaaGl'.'il", 
Chevalier Certidatti, ijr. Blondosl Von Cuele- 
broeck, and Seaor Romero. Thus all the Eu- 
ropean J>oy»cr3 and Mexico were fuUy repre- 

Except generals commanding divisions tbere 
wore present but few army odicers. Cocspica- 
0U8 amojg them, and tho coutro of obervation 
wherever ho moved, was Gen. McCbllan. All 
who Lad tevcr seen him wore anxious thai he 
should be pointed out, and tho fair faces of 
many of his mast lovely couutrywomen were 
teemed with approving iu-^ilus upon the youth- 
ful General wherever he stood. He was accom- 
pajjied by Mrs. McClellan, whose animated 
manner, aad teat^, res sparkling with iatelligoiiCO 
and sonlfuinoss, diyi^ea tho idoiiralion accord- 
ed to Uqr beifo husband. '; 

Among the other military gentlemen present 
were noticeable Generals Marcy, Slocum, 
Andrew Porter, FilejoLn Porter. Van Rensse- 
laer, Stono, McDowell and Smith; aud amopg 
the uniforms was that of Capl. Griffin, the com- 
mander of the celebrated battery, accompanied 
by his youthful and blooming bride. Gan. 
Shields was also present, in undress uniform, 
and upon his arm as ho passed was a lovely 
girl, Miss Stewart, the niece of the Assistant 
Secrotttpy of War, Col. 3cott. 

Ami'ist the throng woj'O Senators and Re- 
presontatives, distinguished citizens, and btau- 
tif^l aswelt as celebrated women, from no irly 
every State. Maine was represented by Mrs. 
Miss Hamlin, wife and daughter of tho 


Vice-Pre(^ident•, Massachusetts contributed Mrs. 
Senator Wilson, Mrs. Senator Rics, and Mis 
liigelow Lawrence, v/ho was attired plainly, 
but elegantly, in a pink silk; New York was 
tltly represented by Mrs. Baldwin, of Syracuse; 
and Mrs. Nalding, of Butfalo; Keutncky by Mrs 
Chittenden and Mrs. Menzius and her lovely 
sister ;Ohio by the charming daughter of the Sac- 
reiary of the Treotury, Miss Kate Chase, ta.ste- 
fully attired in a mode colored eiik, and Miss 
Sherman, niece of Sonator Sherman, a bloude, 
in pink silk with ilUsion overskirt and white 
flowers in her hair;. Michigan by Mrs. Senator 
Ctuuwjier; New Hampshiie by the sparkling 

Miss Liztie Halo, daughter of Senator Halo, 
altirod iu white tuUo embroidorod and feslooii- 
od with lace Houucos. U is ImpOHsiblfl tc 
oiiumorato the company, or ovou to particul.u- 
iiothe (la/./.liug beautios who graced tho hc iic. 

Tbo supper rootu Wrt;i thrown opeu at h.ilf- eleven o'clock. Tbo Prcsidont and diplo- 
matic corps wore lirst iutrodacod. 

The supper room piosented & aoupd\i-it of 
daizing splecdor, fruits and ilowois, and spark- 
ling crystal , and inviting confi-etions were 
ovcrywbero. * A locg tublu e.\tendod tho whole 
i louglh of the middle of tho room Side tables, 
capable of accummodatiug hvo persons each, 
wore ranged around the sides. All groaned 
I with s.ood thiogH to tempt tbo appotito of an 
epicure. Upon the centre ot thepriucipal table 
I rose a magniflcout, tlvo feet high, lillod 
with natural tiowers, wreaths of which graco- 
' fully twined about the sides and base of tho 
vase. Oa either side, equidistant from tho 
central plateau, and prominent amidu the pro- 
lusion of pyramids and decorations, were 
smaller vaseSBimllarily filled aud omament-od 
with llowers 

riominent among tho decoratiouH and candy 
oiiiamentb weio the following: — 

A ropresontatiou of a United States steam 
lYigate of forty guDB, all sails sot, and the (lag 
of tbo Union flying at the main. 

A representation of the Hermitage. 

A warrior's helmet, supported by cupids. 

A Chinese Pagoda. 

Double cornecopiau, resting upon a shell, 
supported by mermaids, and surmounted by a 
crystal star. 

A rustic pavilion. 

Tho Goddess of Libarty, ele7ated above a 
simple but elegant shrine, which was a lite liko 
fountain of water. 

A magnillceut candelabra, surmounted by an 
elegant vase of flowers and suiroundid by 
tropical fruits and birds, taitefuUy arranged 
and sustained by kueeliug cupida, holding in 
their hands a chain ot tJower wreaths. 

A fountain of four consecutive bowls, sup- 
ported by water nymps — an elegant compo- 
sition of nougat Pansien. 

A beautiful basket, laden with tiowers and 
fruits, mounted upon a pedestal by swans. 

Besides these there were twenty or thirty or- 
naments ofcake and candy, delicately conceived 
and esquiaitely executed. Tho designs of creams, 
jellies aud ices were multiform and elegant. 



Tbe Union Convention. 

The Uuconditional Uuioa Couventiouof In- 
diana met this morning at, 10 o'clock in the 
State House grove. A temporary oiguniza- 
tioa was effected by calling Hon. Jehu T. 
Jilliott, of Heury county, to the Chair, and 
•selecting C,'. 10. Shipley, of J^claware county, 
as Secretary. 

A committee of two from each District, com- 
poaed of a Democrat and Ilepublicau in each 
case, was appointed to report permanent offi- 
cers, who reported 

For President — Gov. 0. P. Morton. 

For Vice Presidentb: 

Ist District — A. Johnson, of Warrick. 

2d District— Jno. I. Morrison, of Washing- 

3d District — John F. Carr, of Jackson. 

4th District — R. D. Logan, of Rush. 

5th District — E. Vansant, of Union. 

6th District — W. J. Elliott, of Marion. 

7th District— W. K. Edwards, of Vigo. 

■Sth District — Jno. Lee, of Montgomery. 

9th District— U. Spouccr, of White. 

10th District— Capt. Heath, of Elkhart. 

nth District — Juo. Brownlee, of Grant. 

Priiicipsl Secretary — Wm. C. I/upton, of 

AsaiBliiul, Kecietarieii — Henry (jrawlord, of 
Floyd; J. .1. Haydon, of Marion; J. G.Hutch- 
inson, of Knux; T. It. Dickiiisou, of DeKalb; 
C. E. Shipley, of Delaware. > 

The following resolutions were oOered as 
being tlie sentiments of the Democrats who 
participnted in the proceedings: 
di;moc;katiu blsoll'Tion^. 

UcH'ili-c'l, Thai llie lOsoluliouH to Iw adoi'tf ij I'.v tlie 
Uuiou CiinTontiDU to lie held lo-day ouylil looiuliraca 
all tlie followius uhjoctt,: 

lat. Tho Uuiou of all (jood citi/.eiis, witliout diatiuc- 
tion of parly, to maintaiu tlie (y'oustltutiou of tUe Uui- 
ml States as it rame from tho hauds of its fouuders, 
with all its ^1*1*1'*^" and safeguai ds for tho protec- 
tiou of the rights ot all the people »ud all the titatos. 

-. The proK-ctiou of the loyal people of the relwllious 

■': ThHiheBiful uud heiuty support of our Katioual 
■<ud ^l,<it<< HdmiutntiatioDs in all uercsaary measures to 
put dowu aud utterly crush out tbe pre4iaiit uuuatural 
arid I auseleaa rebelliou, and to visit w ith ooudigu pun- 
ishiui;ut the Icadiujj; tiailorij, who hare iuatigatod it, 
and those "ho bavo maliciously aud parlicipatml iu its 
Ati'ociaud ajid horrible ei.M>rniiti«fl. 

4. Tbe care, susteuance aud eucourageuiBiit of the 
soldiers iu the Uuiou aiuiies who are eudurlug bard- 
sblps, dau};Krs aud privations, aud who are sauritlciug 
their , health aud lives iu tbe defense ot our iuslltu- 

Ucsohed, That ou a platform pmbraciugBubstautia!- ] 
ly the foregoiDS objects, we will cordially uuito with 
auy and all of our fellow citizens, without auy regard 
to former party names or a^sociatious. 

Sftoltcit, That we have uo sympathy with (h« de- 
ulgus aud purposes of tberet>elB ortbelr sympathizers, 
or of radical abolitionists. 

BMolvai, That a copy of those rosolutioun be preseut- 
ed to tho committee uu resolutions of the CouTentlon 
wbou it assembles. 

They were read and referred to the Com- 

Hon. Heury Secrest delivered an eloquent 
speech while the Committee was out. 

Gov. Morton, ou taking the ohair, made 
aa appropriate address. 

The lollowiug letter from Gov. Wright was 

3K.NAT0B weight's LUTTEB. 

Washinotok CiTr, Juno l.'i, 1862. 
To the I-'rcaidcnt of the Union Convention: 

Dkak Sib: I regret being absent from the 
great meeting of tho Union men of our State; 
but this is uo time for any man, however 
humble, to leave his post of official duty. 

Nobly have tho sons of Indiana sutiamea 
the patriotic history and impulses befjuoathed 
by their Fathers, in this terrible conlost lor 
national oxistenco. Their fame sheds a bright- 
er luster upon almest every batllu Hold, and 
throughout every section ol the country their 
valor aud patriotism are sounded with enthusi- 
asm and pride; and whilst the heroic men of 
all parties aud all classes are in the tented 
field, engaged in the overshadowing work of 
putting down this foul rebellion, and beating 
back the enemies of our free institutions, may 
it, ou this day, be your duty Uj set the like 
example of unity iu your councils and patri- 
otism in your purposes, by ignoring all past 
political opinions or party creeds, aud jirosent 
for the Buflrage of the great Union jiarty of 
of tho State honest and good men, regardless 
of past principles or jiolitical association. If 
we would succeed in preserving thu govern- 
ment of our fathers, we iiiiist have a united 
North. Party creeds and platforms will di- 
vide us, aud thuB paralyise tho arm of the 

The President has called around him many 
men of different political opinions; among 
others our present worthy and efficient Secre- 
tary of War and Generals Halleck and Mc- 
Clellan. Those throe men have more to do 
for the weal or woe of tho Government, for 
the restoration of its unity and its priceless 
institutions, preserving them to ub and our 

'children, than perhaps all other men promi- 
nent among the American people, the Presi- 
dent himself excepted. Yet these men all 
differ politically from the party that brought 
into power the present administration. Can 
we not follow this fine example in this con- 
test, when the question is so pre-eminently 
one of Government or no Government, coun- ■ 
try or no country? It is my sincere trust that ; 
harmony and peace will characterize all your 
acts and deliberatiou.i. 

I have only time to add a single sentiment. 
Ultraisra must be abjured. Ultra measures, | 
whether in tho North or South, must perish— I 
not one but both — or the Government will not i 
survive. Tho vitality aud virtue essential to ; 
the very existence of the nation, is to be found 
in elevating ^oorf and /io?;CA< men to places of 
public trust, far more than in well written 
(creeds and platforms of party Conventions. 
! Accept assurances of 
j Yours, most respectfully, 

Jo3itpa A. Wkicht. 

BLuouiNiiTOK, Ikl)., June ll5, 18ti2. 
To I£c6 JSxccllency Gov. U. i>. 31orton: 

Sir: — It is a fact of such public notoriety 
here that a secret (lolitical society has been 
organized in tho adjoining county ol Brown, 
which is understood to bo hostile to tho pay- 
ment of <liroct taxes to support the war, that 
it may well be inferred that the rumors of the 
existence of similar bodies iu other parts of 
tho Stale are not altogether without louuda- 
tiou. Should auy considerable portion of the 
poojile ol Indiana be entrapped into associa- 
tions ot that kind iu liiii<»8 like these, it may 
lead to conseiiuoncos of the most grnvo and 
serious character. 

My opinion is, that they a ro siireadnig rap- 
idly throughout the Stale. EiiUm taiuiug ibis 
belief, I deem it proper i'> call tho attention 
of your Excolloucy, oflicially, to tho subji-ct, 
iu the hope that you niiiy, upoa proper evi- 
dence of Its oxteut aud true oharacler, lu some 
public manuor, warn ihe good citizeu.> of the 
State against tbem, ami, should it become 
uecessary, take the proj'Or steps to bring the 
subject before tbe Courts of juslu-e. 
Very resiiectfuUy, 

Your obedient servant, 

James Hichf.^. 


The iioiuiiiatiou of Geu. I'iiIiult fur 
Uuitud States senator by tlie Di'iiiocratic 
state convention of Illinois has, as every 
one knows, a distintjuishod parallel in 
that state, in the nomination of Abraham 
Lincoln for the same olliee over thirty 
years aji'o. The latter was an example, 
liowover, not often followed elsewhere. 
Wo remeniber but one instaiu^o of the 
kind in JSlassachuselts. It has interest 
sutlieient to justify recalling at the 
present time. 

Charles Sumner was iioniiuated fur tiie 
United States Senate at the Kep"bli'':i" 
state convention held at Worcester in 
the year 1802, and a curious state of 
political alfairs Krew out of the act. It 
caused a revolt in tlieKei.iublican party- 
net of large proportions in the end, but 
a ri»volt which at one time those cou- 
cerued in it thought would revolution- 
ize tlu^ state. The issue was chielly a 
contention between the radical and the 
ccjuservative elements of the Kepub- 
licun party. Mr. Sumner iiad been urn- 
ins; emancipation of the .slaves upon the 
administration at Washington. President 
Lincoln had hesitated to agree to 
it. Many Kepublioans thoui^ht Mr. Sum- 
ner went too fur. The leading political 
managers of the party in this state were 
with him, however, and they deter- 
mined that the Republican state conven- 
tion siiould indorse his course by giving 
him a nomination for re-election to the 
Senate. F. W. Bird, Henry L. Pierce, 
W. S. Robinson and Adin Thayer were 
the most active men in it. They had the 
control of the state committee, and 
formed the committee on resolutions. 
The resolution nominating Mr. Sumner 
was got tlirough the committee, though 
not till after a protracted session, at 
which it was opoosed by Richard H. 
Dana. Wlien it was reported to 
the Convention there was trouble. Mr. 
Dana himself was characteristically 
crotchety. He did not take the lead in 
offering it, however. This was done 
by Linu Child, a man of abilit}', who 
had lived in Worcester and in Lowell, 
and was a leading Republican in both 
places. Mr. Dana claimed to be a per- 
sonal friend of Mr. Sumner, and to favor 
his choice as senator. He did not like this 
indorsement of him, however, and he 
joined Mr. Child in the attack upon the 
resolution. Mr. John Q. A. Gritlin, a 
brilliant debater, was the chief spokes- 
man on the other side. The session of the 
(•onvention was prolonged till evening 
by the debate, but the resolution was 
triumphantly carried. 

Then began the music. The Spring- 
field Republican, at that time edited by 
Dr. J. G. Holland, in the absence of Mr. 
Samuel Bowles in Europe with, no tele- 
graphic communication, attacked the 
convention's action. jNIr. Daiia, wlio 
was much chagrined, was distinctly 
mischievous, though not quite openly in 
opposition, ilr. Child continued his ob- 
jections. Another champion ou the 
same side appeared in Judge Joel 
Parker of the Harvard law school, a man 
of mental power, but highly conserva- 
tive and very bitter toward the Sum- 
ner school of Republicans. Between 
these men they madola square bolt from 
the Reiiublican convention. Tiiey not 
only refused to aci.'ept what It had done 

steps kO oppose Gov. Andrew. Gov. An- 
drew and Mr. Sumner were not greatly 
in iiersoiuil syminithy at that time: they 
drifted farther apart later; but Gov. 
Andrew hud api)eiiled for emancipation 
and hud asked for colored troops, and 
this condemned him with the conserva- 
tives. They called a convention at 
Faneuil Hall to organize wliat they 
called a "J'euplo's party" against the 
Republican party, and to put a candidate 
f(jr Governor in the held against Gov. 

'J'his convention was held. Mr. Dana 
kept away from it, though It had his 
sympathy, its leading spirits were Joel 
Parker, Linus Child and Dr. Holland 
among the Republicans, while Leverett 
Saltonstall and Col. Charles G. Greene 
came into it from the Democrats. Col. 
Gruene was a deciileil partisan Democrat 
at the time. He pledged the Democrats 
not to make any nomination against the 
ticket. He himself took tlie platform 
and nominated Gen. Charles Devens, 
thou serving in the army of the Potomac, 
as a candidate for Governor against John 
A. Andrew. It was hoped that Gen. 
Devens would not accept; but he showed 
Ills conservative sympathies by writing 
a letter in which ho took the ]iositiou 
and identihed himself with the new 

That party then began the contest 
With high hopes. Mr. Sumner at once 
took the stump for himself, and began to 
speak with great etiectiveucss. Gov. 
Andre^y was urged to do the same 
thing. Ho declined. . Gov. Andrew was 
indignant with all the force of his nature i 
in view of the movement. He declared i 
that he had no time to present his own 1 
cause ; the business ofcihe state, he said, 
occupied every moment,lie had at com- 
mand. He continued by saying that his 
Work as Governor vvas before the people. 
If he could not be re-elected on that 
record, lie did not desire to be re-elected 
a- all. He would stand or fall by it. If 
li isachusetts would not re-elect a faith- 
ful servant on such a platform, he had 
misunderstood the temper of her people 
altogether. There he left tl, ase. 

it soon became apparent th; the move- 
ment was to bo a failure, liotli Sum- 
ner and Andrew were much too firmly 
established In Massachusetts to be de- 
feated in this way. But President Lin- 
coln dealt it the final blow, just as Dr. 
Holland and Judge Parker had begun 
to appeal to the people for support on 
the ground that they were sustaining 
President Lincoln in opposing emanci- 
pation. Mr. Lincoln suddimly came out 
one morning with the emancipation proc- 
lamation! The annals of politics hardly 
furnish nn instance of equal discom- 
fiture. There was nothing left to fight 
about but personal ojiposition to Sumner 
! and Andrew. The People's party wilted 
and withered away. Wlien the votes 
were counted, Andrew had an immense 
majority. When a United States sena- 
tor was chosen, Sumner had four-fifths 
of the Legislature, and all the Republi- 
can votes but two. Sam Bowles came 
home and set the Springlleld Republican 
right. Judue Parker went out of poll- 
tics. Linus Child died not long after. 
Gen. Devens learned to be a good deal 
wiser. Thus ended the alfair of 18013. 

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